Changing to Japanese locale on Windows 7


1.Open control panel (start->control panel)
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2.Select “Clock, Language and Region”
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3.Select “Region and Language”
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4.Change to “Administrative” tab.
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5.Click on “Change system locale”
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6.Open drop-down menu and select “Japanese(Japan)”
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7.Confirm with “Ok”
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8.Restart windows
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29 Responses to “Changing to Japanese locale on Windows 7”

  1. Exastiken says:

    Could you do a tutorial on the proper use of AppLocale? I think that would be appropriate to do here.

    • DeltaMoe says:

      Major of the Visual Novels Today requires Computers to be Japanese Locale, since AppLocale may not enable the Visual Novel to work.

      Even if we successfully installed a game via AppLocale, Executing the program (even with Applocale) may have different problems, like, Black Screen in the Game Window, Error Unknown in executing the program, or Unstable/Random crash of the game.

      AppLocale = changes the system code reader to Kanji/Harigana when just Executing the program, There are lot of case that the Program also Execute other program which cant be read by AppLocale and that will cause Errors.

      When We change to Windows JApanese Locale: the default System Directory Separator “/” will be change to its Japanese Default, That means Every PRogram the Program will execute will be in the Proper Address/Directory and the game will run smoothly.

  2. Otaku-Sama says:

    …All I could say is, that if you don’t have installed the Japanese language pack, this will only result one HUGE errors & crashes when you restart your PC…if you can restart it of course.
    And I tried to use AppLocate too, it wont work if you don’t installed them beforehand.
    So I suggest to install them first…

  3. mutsumi says:

    What about windows XP??

  4. ConcernedBystander says:

    Could somebody explain to me the importance of changing the Locale to Japanese and all programs required to do so without f*cking my computer? If I DO change the Locale to Japanese, what does this to do my computer exactly? What will happen to my OTHER programs O:?

    Since I’m running Windows 7 should I still get AppLocale? I’d appreciate all help :P

    • ConcernedBystander says:

      Will changing the Locale to Japanese do anything if I don’t have the Japanese Language pack installed? The person above said it could potentially ruin your computer.

      • admin says:

        Every system starting from windows vista already has various language packs installed by default – you just choose current one.
        Changing locale is totally harmless – it just lets windows know how it should handle non-english characters in programs that doesn’t use unicode characters sets – you will see absolutely no difference if you’re using only english programs ( apart from “\” character in directory paths, which will look like yen symbol, but it’s just cosmetic change. no idea why it does it ). If you’re using programs with non-english letters, that weren’t written with unicode, they will display some characters improperly, but everything will go back to normal once you change locale back to previous one.

        • Reicher says:

          By the way Mr.Admin….
          I use window 7,If Change locale to japaness are some bad effec to my aplication and my computer,…?

          Sorry for my silly question,but please reply me.

          • DeltaMoe says:

            Reicher: Changing System Locale is Totally Harmless, Though there are some applications like “Corel Video Studio Pro” and Bandicam, etc. that has no Language Setting,because some PRograms depends on the System Language, so If you have a Program like I said above, even if you install it in English, Once you change your Locale, the Program will run in Japanese Characters,,, But its not harmful at all,
            You can Switch Back to the default locale if you feel like it :D

  5. Skywarior says:

    I really do wonder how to do this because all pc’s running win7 in this house wont even install the japanese local settings…. And if i manually install them, it will still crash ath the restart.

    • LostLogia4 says:

      It is available only in Ultimate or Enterprize version. so, if you have a Professional version or something, reinstall the OS.

      • DeltaMoe says:

        Or if you are using WIN7 Ultimate and Enterprise but didn’t find the Japanese Locale Language, You can try Windows Update, Under that is the OPTIONAL, try checking for it, and you will see Various Languages e.g. Spanish, Dutch, Japanese, etc,
        Try to Check JAPANESE and Download and Install, It should now appear in Locale Settings ^_^

  6. crimsonmar0der says:

    applocale is still works in windows 7 if you use xp compatibility mode their is also a tool called “Vistalizator” that can allow you to instal language packs in the basic and home premium versions of windows 7. you can also use SBapplocale if your good with the command line. but using a language pack switches your whole system to that language. so I’d recommend creating a partition with windows xp installed. it’s alot easier and why they had to make it so hard in the newer versions I’ll never know.

  7. aManThatDied says:

    Wat about win vista
    when i changed the locate it said require to restart
    then i restart and it still not change

  8. JuJuMan says:

    I’m using Win 7 home premium, and I haven’t had a problem with switching languages at all. Didn’t need to install anything extra.

  9. duffman says:

    I have switched my system local to Japanese as advised and the game does come up and play now, however it is all in Japanese! A game in Japanese is of little use to me as i cant read Japanese what am i doing wrong?

    • dol says:

      I’m sorry for replying to you two months down the road… but are you just… that stupid? The title of this is “Changing to JAPANESE LOCALE” not “translated Japanese games into English automatically”.

      This changes it so Japanese games can run and display the ORIGINAL Japanese text properly. If the game cannot run properly, or display the proper original text, then the English patch will not work. Sometimes the GAME won’t work at all without doing this.

      I know it requires effort, but think before you type.

  10. Natsu says:

    with this make your computer in japanese? (Like all the things in english will become japanese?)

  11. Luigi says:

    i heard that if you keep changing the local back and forth so many times it will lock itself, and you will only be able to use that regions aplacation, do you have anythig to stop this?

  12. Ailmaster says:

    Does anyone know if u can run VNs normally on Windows 8?… also would like to know the way to install jap language on it…id liek to try running school days and kamidori but im freaked that something stupid might happen… Please answer

  13. DingoYabuki says:

    So I changed my System Locale to Japanese last night. HUGE mistake because I have Windows 7 Starter, but I didn’t know. I restarted my netbook and it wouldn’t start. I am currently trying to access the control panel using command prompt x_x

  14. ragevirus says:

    dont do this if you use ascii symbols in passwords or anything. youll get locked the fuck out.

  15. Simon Phoenix says:

    Locale to other languages on PROFESSIONAL or HOME:

    1. Get the Laguage pack for your Version of windows (32 or 64 bit)
    (just google for \Windows 7 SP1 MUI Language Packs (Official Direct Download Links)\)

    2. Unpack .exe to .cab using a Program, just google \ exe2cab\
    Choose language pack and namig new file rememberable like \lp.cab\

    3. place new .cap in rememberabe folder (for example e:)

    4. start cmd with admin rights

    5. Type \dism /online /add-package /packagepath:E:lp.cab\ and just wait a few minutes for the process to complete.

    6. get \Vistalizator\ (google it) and run in COMPATIBILTY MODE for WINDOWS 7 (if not it will not start at all, find it in the options by right clicking)

    7. choose your recently installed language pack in the list below and hit \change language\ then hit \exit\

    8. wait for the system to reboot an enjoy your localized version

  16. SillyMe says:

    yo!

    I am having a very huge problem with this system locale changing. I did change mine to japanese but when after restarting my netbook crashed and said there was an error starting windows. It then asked me to insert my OS cd to fix the problem, however, I’m using an Acer netbook and with Windows 7 ultimate. I don’t have my installation cd with me though. So, any other solution that could help me on this one? Thanks

  17. ajaxdamighty says:

    I did set my locale to Japanese but I still get the ANSI UNICODE problem help please

  18. TheUnseen says:

    Changing the system locale / language for a specific program, without restart:

    Microsoft AppLocale (free).

    How-to:
    1. Download tool
    2. Install tool.
    3. Start AppLocale and select the executable (.exe) of the game you wish to run with Japanese locale / language.
    4. Select locale (language) you wish to run the game in.
    5. Select the automatically created shortcut to start the game with your settings.

    Download link:
    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=13209

    • TheUnseen says:

      Correction:

      The tool does not automatically create a shortcut.
      Instead it executes with the configured settings (after step 4 in my previous post).

      You can however check the checkbox to additionally create a shortcut with the current settings before executing.
      You can manually specify the shortcut’s name.
      The shortcut will be created in the executable’s directory.
      That means if you choose the executable (.exe) in “C:\Programme\Visual Novel\Visual-Novel.exe” the shortcut will be created in the directory “C:\Programme\Visual Novel\”.

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